HiTech Are The Detroit Rap Crew Tapping Into The Citys Techno Roots

HiTech Are The Detroit Rap Crew Tapping Into The Citys Techno Roots

The members of Detroit rap group Hitech are united by a cosmic lineup that's hard to ignore: a pornhub video. Rapper King Milo, the third of the trio, recalls meeting fellow Detroit rapper MILF Millie at a recording session when a recent acquaintance discovered she was an amateur porn star. When they tell the story to Millie, they discover that he slept with a woman. Shortly thereafter, Milo and Millie 47 Chops were at a party where the band's producer was DJing. Talk about how you met and you can see where it's going. "Yeah bro, you got us all. King Milo is speaking on Zoom." Then we joined like an ass. We made this crazy joint technically 'the same girl' without the eyebrows and R Kelly."

That might be the best way to describe hi-tech music. The group performs humbly composed songs that set the trio's origin story in a predetermined world. The three band members were making music around Detroit's vibrant rap scene before they met, but drew inspiration from the high-tech Motor City's artistic roots. Their sound revolved around the 1990s, a subgenre called ghettotech that grew in popularity as a fusion of Detroit techno and mainstream rap. Geto's soulful and hypnotic songs are often funny as hell. Tracks like DJ Assault's "Ass N' Titis" are surprisingly funny despite being rated X. It's more playful than actual sex.

Released on major tech label FXHE, HiTech's self-titled debut EP came out last year and features thick, melodic basslines and out-of-the-box drum patterns that offer undeniable appeal. An invitation to break a sweat on the dance floor. "In the Detroit scene, people don't move their bodies or they don't move like they used to," says Millie. "We want people to respond to us and go home that night, gray as shit."

"Coming out of the pandemic, a lot of people are active, isolated or just for themselves, so it's definitely a good time to turn up the volume and have some fun," 47 Chops said. "People dancing and having a good time, bonding, connecting with other people through music, all kinds of things."


Surprisingly, Omar S. saw potential in a group of friends. The adoption culture of hi-tech in the infectious ghetto seems to be necessary. A reminder of the once popular dance floor power in the city. "The dog put Turbo Boost on our backs and said, 'Dude, let's take Detroit home — everybody home,'" King recalled of Milne. Mellie came in and said for the first time, 'You're in the studio with Omar. Am I trying to take this shit seriously?' I'm like "fake". The session was made possible thanks to Chops, who first met Omar at a show outside the store and gave him a demo tape. And walking and rolling like that.

Last month , Hitech released his second full-length project, Ditwatt , which successfully builds on the band's core strengths. Acclaimed performances like opening track "Nu Moony" are a good indication of where the rap world is headed, already in love with the magic of dance music. Jersey Club's influence on modern rap is evident in songs like Bad Bunny's "Where Are You Going" and Lil Uzi Vert's "Just Wanna Rock" and Ghettotech, another form of black electronic country music from the 90s. Hitech's loud live show is also a good testimony of this. Pointingly, they tell me about organizing protests like Atlanta's gang wars in "Cop City" and engaging fans in places reminiscent of a strange future. Their music is bold, incorporating many of Detroit's native genres. "But there is no gender difference," says King Milo. " I'd say a mix of genres like Avatar: The Last Airbender."

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